From war movies to iconic fashion photography, we’ve picked out
seven of the best new exhibitions opening this July; what better way to
welcome the summer? Tickets are selling fast though – so be quick!
1. Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern
The re-vamped Tate Modern has opened its doors at last and is playing host to the biggest ever Georgia O’Keeffe’s exhibition.
Check out her colourful masterpieces from her famous ‘Black Mesa
Landscape’ to her iconic ‘Oriental Poppies’ (below) before the
exhibit closes on 30th October. Entry to the Tate is free, but
adults pay an entry fee for the exhibition of £17.20. See tate.org.uk.
2. Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies at Imperial War Museum
From 1 July until 8 January 2017, the Imperial War Museum’s brand new exhibition, Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies, lets you go behind the scenes of some of the biggest war films to date, from Apocalypse Now to Casablanca
a collection of props, costumes and sketches from the films,
accompanied by film clips and audio-bites, explore
how film-makers bring the real-life stories of war to the screen and
why they make such a big cultural impact. Adult tickets cost £10, child
£5, and concessions £7. See iwm.org.uk/real-to-reel.
3. Vogue 100: A Century of Style at Manchester Art Gallery
One for fashion fans everywhere, Vogue 100: A Century of Style,
offers the chance to see the range of photography commissioned by the
publishing powerhouse over the century. The iconic images feature many a
famous face, including Fred Astaire and Gwyneth Paltrow, alongside more
recent work from photographers David Bailey and Mario Testino. Running
until 30th October, the exhibition is free. See manchesterartgallery.org.
4. Christopher Wood at Pallant House Gallery
the life and art of Christopher Wood (1901-1930), this fascinating
exhibition explores Wood’s career and achievements in the decade leading
up to his untimely death at age 29. Celebrated through the presentation
of over 80 of his works, including paintings, drawings and set designs,
it studies Wood’s ‘faux-naïve’ style, partly inspired by Cornish artist
Alfred Wallis. Open from 2nd July-2nd October; tickets cost £9. See pallant.org.uk.
5. Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration at Compton Verney Art Gallery
Set among 120 acres of parkland at Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire, Britain in the Fifties explores
the influence of post-war design on the lives of an average couple in
1950s Britain. By recreating the interior of their homes, with sections
such as household goods, textiles and even transport, it investigates
the growth of consumerism and the modernisation of Britain following the
austerity of the Second World War. Runs from 9th July-2nd October.
Adult tickets cost £15, concessions £14, children £3, and ages 5 and
under go free. See comptonverney.org.uk.
David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life at the Royal Academy of Arts
two months an impressive body of work from painter and photographer
David Hockney will be presented at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. After
returning to his Los Angeles residence in 2012, Hockney created a
series of portraits featuring a range of people, from family and friends
to fellow artists and gallerists. Advance booking is recommended for
this special exhibition, which provides a glimpse into the world of one
of Britain’s most influential artists. Runs from 2nd July-2nd October
2016; tickets cost £11.50. See royalacademy.org.uk.
7. Colour and Vision at the Natural History Museum
Displaying over 350 rare specimens, including metallic beetles and butterflies, Colour and Vision, takes
you through 565 million years, showing the immense differences between how
humans and animals view the world – and how animals deploy tactics of
colour-shifting and mimicing in order to survive. Runs from 15th July
until 6th November. Entry to the Natural History Museum is free, but
tickets for the exhibition cost £10.80 for adults and £5.40 for
concessions. See nhm.ac.uk.